- noun the act of suddenly pushing something strongly
- noun a force which pushes someone or something
- verb to push something somewhere suddenly and hard
- noun a force in the crust of the earth that squeezes and so produces folds
- verb to push something suddenly with force
- The amount of force or push exerted by or on a structure. Sometimes the horizontal component of that force.
- In an arch, the resultant force normal to any cross section of the arch.
- noun an advance
- verb to move forward with force
Origin & History of “thrust”
Thrust was borrowed from Old Norse thrýsta ‘thrust, compress’. It probably goes back ultimately to the Indo-European base *trud- ‘push, press’, whose other descendants include Latin trūdere ‘thrust’ (source of English abstruse, intrude, etc) and probably also English threat.